Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin

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by Helen Lester
     
 

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Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

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Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
Tacky the penguin defines the word tacky-he dresses in Hawaiian shirts, greets friends with a slap on the back, and sings dreadfully! All the other penguins are put off by Tacky's behavior, but when some rough hunters come by, Tacky's manners send them packing too! Tacky may be odd, but he sure is a good penguin to have around!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
None of the penguins can tolerate Tacky's loud habits--until they scare off a pack of hunters. PW declared that ``this book is must reading for any kid--or grown-up--who refuses to follow the pack.'' Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The winner of the California Young Reader medal. Tacky has child-appeal. It is in that class of books that are loved by children despite the literary opinion of parents and critics. 1990 (orig.
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Tacky the penguin really stuck out from his friends. All six of them lived in an icy land up north. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect were very polite to each other. They marched in perfect step with each other. Tacky was very loud and wore a flowered shirt. His friends all wore white collars and bow ties. While his friends were graceful divers, Tacky would do cannon balls and splash lots of water. Tacky was an odd bird. One day, hunters came to their home to capture penguins to sell. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect ran away, very frightened. Tacky was not afraid of the hunters when they approached him. When they explained that they were looking for penguins to sell, Tacky proceed to march his march, sing his song and dive his cannonball. When he finally sang his penguin song, which was particularly loud and dreadful, the hunters ran off. When the hunters were gone, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect came running out from their hiding place to hug Tacky. This book comes in a package with an audio CD that includes two tracks of the story, one with page-turn signals and the other without.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Tacky the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins. But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three critters with ``get-rich-quick plans'' that threaten the penguins' existence. With his un-penguin-like antics, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they're firmly convinced they cannot be in the ``land of the pretty penguins.'' This is a rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are ad vantages to being an individual. Mun singer cheerfully captures the mood of the tale with her whimsical, full-color illustrations that are particularly strong in depicting the hunters' deter mined, then befuddled, expressions and Tacky's madcap antics. This is sure to elicit lots of chuckles from young readers. Bonnie Wheatley, Emma Conn Elementary School, Ra leigh, N.C.
From the Publisher

"Droll facial expressions, which still retain their animal quality, add more humor to a perceptive text about being different." Booklist, ALA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032326519
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/08/2010
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
495,692
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"Droll facial expressions, which still retain their animal quality, add more humor to a perceptive text about being different." Booklist, ALA

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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Tacky the Penguin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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StuffedMango More than 1 year ago
If ever there is a story to illustrate that being yourself is just perfect, it is this delightful tale of Tacky the Penguin. This is a book that needs to be a staple in any home library for children. For days when kids may feel out of sync with the world, Tacky will help them find themselves instep with...well, themselves and that is just fine for the very thing that we may feel awkward about is the very quality that endearing...or in Tacky's case, saves the day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most Awesome non- Chicken King (hes a penguin) Yeah!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this first in 3rd grade, and it was the first book that showed me that individuality is good. i still love this book today :o)
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William Coryer More than 1 year ago
great book :.)
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